For some people, keeping up with what’s going on around the world is a hobby of theirs. But as people tend to get older, they often have a harder and harder time staying current with what’s going on both in their own city and in the world at large. Especially if you have elderly loved ones that are living in senior living facilities, they might be so insulated from the outside world that they don’t know how to get information or how to tell if the information they’re getting is correct.
To help with these issues, here are three ways to help your elderly loved one stay informed about world and local affairs.
Show Them Where To Get Quality Information
The first thing that you should do if you have an elderly loved one that’s struggling to keep up-to-date with what’s going on around the world is to show them where they can get quality information.
If they still pay for television, there are news channels that they can watch. Additionally, local news is a great way to get information about what’s going on in their own town. You can also save some websites on their computer or other devices so that they can get information from other sources. Just try to make sure that you’re directly your elderly loved one toward news platforms that will give them balanced information that’s relevant to them and their life.
Teach Them How To Spot Misinformation
One thing that everyone needs more practice with is being able to spot misinformation when it’s being shared. This type of information is most often shared from very partisan news platforms or from people online who haven’t vetted information before sharing it on their own profiles.
Something you can do to help your elderly loved ones spot misinformation is to show them websites that specialize in fact-checking. They can put a statistic or article into fact-checking websites to see if what they’re reading is accurate or not. So if anything seems suspicious at all, it’s best to check to see if it’s even true.
Help Them Hear From Multiple Points Of View
For many people, it can be easy to just listen to one voice to get their news. But when this happens, any bias that that news outlet has can get passed down. So to help your elderly loved ones learn to think for themselves, you should encourage them to hear from multiple viewpoints when getting their news. This could mean following both conservative and progressive platforms or seeking out non-partisan news that allows them to draw their own conclusions.
If you’re wanting to help your elderly loved one stay informed about the news, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you learn how this can be done.